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St. Pete Beach hits the brakes on red light cameras

ST. PETE BEACH — Red light cameras — and the $158 tickets they generate — won't be coming to St. Pete Beach.

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the City Commission repealed an ordinance they passed just a month ago authorizing the installation of cameras in the city, particularly at 75th Avenue at both Blind Pass and Gulf Boulevard.

The cameras were never installed because the commission was concerned the state Legislature would bar their use. That didn't happen.

"I don't think red light cameras are merited in St. Pete Beach," said new Mayor Steve McFarlin, who made repealing the ordinance a campaign issue before the March election.

Only Commissioner Jim Parent disagreed, arguing that the cameras were a safety issue and could save lives.

St. Pete Beach hits the brakes on red light cameras 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:55pm]
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